Professor Joy Brooke Fairfield

Dr. Joy Brooke Fairfield is a scholar/artist working at the intersection of interdisciplinary contemporary performance and theatre for social change. From her home in the Rhodes Theatre Department, she also offers courses in Media Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Latin American and Latinx Studies.  In addition to directing and developing new performance work centering the stories of queer people and other minoritized folks, Dr. Fairfield has published and presented research on community-building cultural practices of gender and sexual minorities. At Rhodes, she teaches practical classes in creative work (Acting, Directing, Dramatic Writing) as well as research-focused courses utilizing methodologies from performance studies, post-colonial literary analysis, and critical theory. Her current research project examines unbinding "wedlock performances" and the fugitive intimacies creatively crafted by those excluded from state-sanctioned marriage. 


Ph.D. in Performance Studies (Stanford);
MA in Performance Studies (NYU);
BA (Harvard)